Shelley Zhao

Shelley Zhao

Senior Consultant

Shelley is a senior consultant in Governance and Social Impact at Square Circle. 

Shelley is passionate about delivering equitable, just and sustainable development outcomes for communities. In Zenadth Kes (the Torres Strait) in Australia, Shelley is working alongside Square Circle’s partner, Indigenous To Indigenous (i2i Global), on a Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process for a proposed program to address the health and biosecurity threats posed by invasive mosquitos. Shelley is also supporting several of Square Circle’s international advisory projects, including the establishment of the Lihir Development Foundation, a charitable community development foundation in Papua New Guinea, initiatives under the Australian Papua New Guinea Economic Partnership, and a World Bank funded project on environmental and social safeguards in Nepal.   

Shelley’s role in Square Circle includes stakeholder engagement and communications, policy and process design, strategy development, research and analysis, project management, financial management, and leading business development initiatives including the systemisation of internal systems. 

Prior to joining Square Circle, Shelley was a Government and Public Sector consultant at PwC Canberra. Shelley has consulted for both Federal and State Government clients on a wide range of projects relating to public policy and corporate services, including the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Department of Defence, Defence Community Organisation, Department of Home Affairs, Services Australia, Department of Finance, Department of Health and Victoria State Government’s Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. Shelley also has several years’ experience working in the Infrastructure Investment Division at the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts. During her time in the Department, her work related to infrastructure policy and programs and strategic communications.  

Shelley has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics/International Relations (Honours) from the Australian National University and she has supported research projects at the ANU Centre for European Studies. 

When Shelley isn’t working, you can find her developing her green thumbs in the garden (growing tomatoes is her current gardening passion), bashing some chords on the piano or planning her next bushwalking adventure.